These are the four marks of Ascension hope: receiving the blessing of Jesus, yet recognizing his absence, realizing his place, and seeing his awesome worth.
For the Christian, death can do more than to deliver us into the hands of the One who overcame, you might even say, folded up death on our behalf.
Each person who becomes a witness to the resurrection goes through four stages: bewilderment, rebuke, instruction, and witness.
Think of the wonder of these words! Peace to whom? The deserters. The deniers.
Who will roll away the stone? Jesus. Is he worthy? Yes. We certainly can’t and aren’t, and that is good news.